Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as "Chemical Ali", Saddam Hussein's cousin stated in court yesterday that he had given orders to destroy Kurdish villages during the campaign against the Kurds in the 1980s.
Ali Hassan al-Majid claimed that the area "was full of Iranian agents. We had to isolate these saboteurs."
I am the one who gave orders to the army to demolish villages and relocate the villagers."
"I am not defending myself. I am not apologising. I did not make a mistake."
The trial continues.